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WHO | WHO calls on governments to do more to prevent alcohol-related deaths and diseases

Worldwide, 3.3 million deaths in 2012 were due to harmful use of alcohol, says a new report launched by WHO today. Alcohol consumption can not only lead to dependence but also increases people’s risk of developing more than 200 diseases including liver cirrhosis and some cancers. In addition, harmful drinking can lead to violence and injuries.  
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over 5 years ago
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Labour would divert £100m from NHS reorganisation into primary care

A Labour government would ensure that all patients could get an appointment at their GP surgery within 48 hours and see their doctor on the same day if necessary, the party leader, Ed Miliband, has said.  
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over 5 years ago
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Jamie Oliver backs free school meals - BBC News

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has said he is behind the government's plans to give all pupils under seven in England free school meals.  
BBC News
over 5 years ago
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Food should be regulated like tobacco, say campaigners - BBC News

The food industry should be regulated by governments like the tobacco industry, say campaigners.  
BBC News
over 5 years ago
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GPs vote against charging patients for their services

GPs have rejected a motion put to their annual conference proposing that the BMA should work with UK governments to introduce a mechanism through which patients could be charged for GP services.  
bmj.com
over 5 years ago
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GPs urge government to create a national self care strategy

GPs have urged the government to create a national self care strategy and stop “stoking unrealistic patient expectations.”  
bmj.com
over 5 years ago
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WHO | Statement on the United States Government’s announcement on vaccination campaigns

WHO and UNICEF appreciate the commitment by the United States Government to stop making operational use of immunization campaigns.  
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over 5 years ago
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This dynamic portal produced by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government brings you timely examples of government innovation. Here you will find news and features, and opportunities to con  
innovations.harvard.edu
about 5 years ago
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IRS TAX TIPS & RESOURCES

Tax is the membership cost, levied by the government, for being part of a society. The money is taken from you and spent on a number of services which are considered to be in your interest - and every few years you can choose what colour rosettes the people who take this money from you will be wearing. There are a number of different forms of tax, with each country (and in some cases each state) having its own rules. In the UK, tax is mainly in 3 forms:  
Themeefy
about 5 years ago
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Transforming mental health

The government’s mandate for achieving parity of esteem between physical and mental health has put the spotlight on mental health provision. In London, meeting the mental health needs of the large and diverse population poses major challenges, and the London Health Board has identified improving the mental wellbeing of Londoners as a priority. But so far, there has been little consideration of what is required to meet the future mental health needs of London’s population and how this can be achieved.  
The King's Fund
about 5 years ago
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Our priorities for the next government

With the general election coming at a pivotal time for health and social care, we set out our view of the key challenges and priorities for the next government. The general election will come at a pivotal time for health and social care. An unprecedented funding squeeze has left the NHS on the brink of financial crisis, while reductions in local government funding have led to significant cuts in social care services.  
The King's Fund
about 5 years ago
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If you read only one thing this week

Two years ago the UK government said it would introduce a minimum price on a unit of alcohol. Instead it chose to ban below-cost selling. Alan Brennan and colleagues have now modelled the two approaches and found a big difference in their likely impact (BMJ 2014;349:g5452, doi:10.1136/bmj.g5452). A minimum unit price of 43p (€0.55; $0.69) would affect nearly a quarter of all units sold, compared with just 0.7% affected by the ban. Our editorialist Tim Stockwell (BMJ 2014;349:g5617, doi:10.1136/bmj.g5617) thinks we can trust this analysis and wonders why the UK alcohol industry is so against a minimum unit price, while the policy has been embraced in Canada. Could it be the fear that the policy would prove beneficial to health and open the door to restrictions of other health harming commodities such as tobacco and fast food?  
bmj.com
about 5 years ago
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WHO | UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response established in Accra

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Mr Anthony Banbury, arrived in Accra Monday 29 September to head the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), which will join governments and international partners to respond to the Ebola outbreak.  
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about 5 years ago
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Update on funding for the NHS Bursary in 2013/14

Marion Matheson, Co-Chair of the BMA's Medical Student Committee, gives an update on funding for the NHS Bursary for the 2013/2014 intake - and the government's foot dragging on what support medical students may get in their final years of study.  
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about 5 years ago
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BMA wins paid shadowing agreement for all medical graduates

After years of pressure, the BMA has won an agreement from the government to provide four days of paid shadowing for all medical graduates from the summer of 2012. This will help them prepare for their new careers as doctors. Elly Pilavachi, Co-Chair of the BMA's Medical Students Committee, tells us about this announcement: http://bit.ly/GJ15A9  
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about 5 years ago
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Counting the cost of England’s NHS reorganisation

Politicians sometimes find themselves having to defend the indefensible. Recently England’s health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, was put in the unenviable position of having to counter criticisms of his predecessor Andrew Lansley’s NHS reorganisation. The charges were made by unnamed sources in Downing Street, who allegedly called the reorganisation the worst mistake of the coalition government and “unintelligible gobbledygook.”1  
bmj.com
almost 5 years ago
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Obamacare: what the Affordable Care Act means for patients and physicians

The Affordable Care Act’s core achievement is to make all Americans insurable, by requiring insurers to accept all applicants at rates based on population averages regardless of health status. The act also increases coverage by allowing states to expand Medicaid (the social healthcare program for families and people with low income and resources) to cover everyone near the poverty line, and by subsidizing private insurance for people who are not poor but who do not have workplace coverage. The act allows most people to keep the same kind of insurance that they currently have, and it does not change how private insurance pays physicians and hospitals. Although the act falls short of achieving truly universal coverage, nine million uninsured people have received coverage so far. Market reforms have not hurt the insurance industry’s profitability, prices for individual insurance have been lower than expected, and government costs so far have been less than initially projected. The act expands several ongoing pilot programs in Medicare that reform how doctors and hospitals are paid, but it does not directly change how private insurers pay healthcare providers. Nevertheless, it has set into motion market dynamics that are affecting medical practice, such as limiting insurance networks to fewer providers and requiring patients to pay for more treatment costs out of pocket. In response, many hospitals and physicians are forming closer and larger affiliations. Further time and study are needed to learn whether these evolutionary changes will achieve their goals without harming the doctor-patient relationship.  
bmj.com
almost 5 years ago
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WHO | WHO convenes industry leaders and key partners to discuss trials and production of Ebola vaccine

WHO convened a meeting with high-ranking government representatives from Ebola-affected countries and development partners, civil society, regulatory agencies, vaccine manufacturers and funding agencies yesterday to discuss and agree on how to fast track testing and deployment of vaccines in sufficient numbers to impact the Ebola epidemic.  
who.int
almost 5 years ago
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Care plan savings 'over-optimistic' - BBC News

Questions are being asked about what impact a flagship government scheme to improve the care of vulnerable patients in England will have.  
BBC News
almost 5 years ago
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India’s ambition to eliminate visceral leishmaniasis

With the introduction of a new drug, can the new government keep its promise to rid India of kala azar? Talha Burki reports  
bmj.com
almost 5 years ago